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Is there any prohibition against giving a birthday card, (no present) written out before Shabbat to a person on Shabbat?

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Will it be carried through a public domain without an eiruv (by either party)? –  Monica Cellio Nov 9 '13 at 23:10
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editing in your motivation for asking (e.g. why do you add "(no present)"?) may help others address your concerns. –  msh210 Nov 10 '13 at 0:31
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please explain why you think a birthday card is not a present –  Menachem Nov 10 '13 at 2:21
    
@Menachem Maybe its value (after being written) is less than a prutah? That would probably mean that there is no kinyan (acqusition) which would be a problem with a present of value. –  Epicentre Nov 10 '13 at 6:01
    
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There is no problem with gift giving on shabbat.

Potential issues which could prevent the gift being given.... -the is no eruv in the community and the letter is in your home and you are on your way to give it to him at his home. obviously carrying would be the problem

-It is in a closed envelope which would require tearing to get to the letter

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This answer would be improved with a source for your first sentence. –  Monica Cellio Oct 22 at 0:42
    
actions which are prohibited on shabbos are defined by the 39 malachos. Unless you can prove that giving a gift falls within a category of malacho then it is not prohibited because of shabbos. –  Dude Oct 22 at 15:04
    
That's not how it works. We don't say "prove it's not a problem or it's automatically not" with halacha; we explore the issue and look for sources. I am well aware of the 39 avot melachot, but do not claim to know that they exclude (or include) gift-giving -- that's part of the question here, and you are merely asserting that gifts are ok, while the asker seems to understand that it might not be. –  Monica Cellio Oct 22 at 15:31
    
    
Further information should be edited into the answer. Since that page is just a list, and since we know that some things not explicitly on that list are melacha (e.g. driving), you'll need to draw the connection between your link and your claim. –  Monica Cellio Oct 22 at 17:50

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